2013 Hall of Fame Inductee: Merrill Moses
Oct. 1, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 20, in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Jamil Macias at 310-506-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Merrill Moses' turn:
Only a handful of Waves have won a national championship as a student-athlete and then gone on to earn an Olympic medal. And only one has then come back to Pepperdine to coach a new generation of Waves: Merrill Moses of men's water polo.
Moses arrived at Pepperdine in the fall of 1995 after starring at Peninsula High School in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He was the Bay League MVP and an All-CIF Southern Section pick as a senior, and had also competed with the U.S. Junior National Team.
Moses locked down the starting goalkeeper job as a freshman and kept the position for all four years. His accomplishments were numerous, including three-time All-American honors (1997 first team, 1998 second team, 1996 honorable mention) and four-time All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation acclaim (1997 first team, 1998 second team, 1996 third team, 1995 honorable mention).
The Waves reached the pinnacle in 1997 with Moses playing a hugely important role. Pepperdine went 25-3 overall, including a perfect 8-0 in the MPSF regular season, and won the school's first NCAA championship in the sport with an 8-7 overtime victory over USC. Moses, who had previously been named the MPSF's Goalkeeper of the Year, shared tri-NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors with teammates Alan Herrmann and Jeremy Pope after making 10 saves in the championship game.
Moses also began training with the U.S. National Team in 1997. He continued to play with the U.S. after graduating from Pepperdine in 1999 with a degree in public relations. Unfortunately, he wasn't selected for the 2000 Olympics, and was the last player cut in 2004. After the last disappointment, Moses intended to give up water polo and turn his attention full-time to the mortgage industry.
But in 2006, Moses received a call from Terry Schroeder asking him to rejoin the U.S. National Team. He made the most of his second chance, winning the starting goalkeeper job and then helping a squad that was ranked ninth in the world get hot and capture a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Moses was named to the All-World team after the 2008 Games. Moses was again in the cage for the U.S. at the 2012 London Games.
Moses also helped the U.S. to gold medals at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games and he was part of eight top-five finishes in the FINA World League Super Finals, including a second-place result in 2008 and a third-place standing in 2003. He has played professionally in Croatia, Italy and Spain and with the New York Athletic Club (he was named MVP of the 2010 USAWP Men's National Championships).
After the last Olympics, Moses agreed to come home to Pepperdine and serve as an interim co-head coach for the 2012 season. He helped the Waves earn a national ranking as high as fourth before they finished up eighth in the country. In 2013, with Schroeder's return as head coach, Moses is an assistant coach with the Waves.
Moses is still actively playing, as he suited up for the U.S. again at the 2013 World Championships.
He and his wife, Laura, have a year-old daughter, Adrianna.